Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ben's Funeral - 3/31/2011


These are photos from Ben's funeral today. It was a beautiful service, and I hope we can now have some closure. Thank you all once again for the generous donations to help pay for the funeral costs. You have no idea how much it means to us.

 My son, Spencer took these  flower shots. Not bad, huh?

 Pallbearers: Spencer Rosenlof, Matthew, Joel and Chad Hansen.

"I Am A Child Of God" sung by: Caitlin Rosenlof, Corin, Jenae and Trisha Hansen.

 Conducting and Remarks: Bishop Russel Mathis

 My dad (in the sunglasses and nearly bald head) and my sister Kim to his right.

 "A Child's Prayer" guitar and vocal arrangement: Criss Rosenlof (me).

 Friends: Jeanette Bentley (left) and Robyn Burton (second from left)

 My sister Teri, her daughter Jaycie, and my sister Kim

 My niece Heather Larson, friend Hendrika Nelson, and Sister-in-law Robyn Larson.

 Anthony and his little brother Chad
 Really yummy desserts, of which I ate too many.
Thanks to the West Valley 4th Ward Relief Society for the wonderful food!

And thank you all for paying your respects, and again for the donations to help pay funeral costs. You are the best!

-Papa Bear

Monday, March 28, 2011

Raising Money to Help With Funeral Costs

Times are tough, and funerals are expensive. Please click the LINK and donate anything you can. Every cent helps!

Thank you so much!

-Papa Bear

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Final update on Ben

As you can probably guess from the title, Ben passed away this evening. He had severe cerebrovascular bleeding, and was just getting worse. The decision was made to terminate life support because he would never survive without it for any length of time. That was the hardest choice poor Chrissy and Anthony are likely to ever make!

Benjamin Paul Hansen finished his short journey on this earth today, March 27th, at 8:30pm.

He was only here a short time, but will be greatly missed.

Benjamin Paul Hansen 3/24/11 - 3/27/11.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Benjamin Update 3/26/11

Okay, here's the latest on Ben...

We almost lost him this morning. There was a problem with the ECMO (extracorporeal mechanical oxygenation) access lines. He has severe edema (swelling) and the lines weren't working properly. His oxygen levels kept dropping to dangerous levels, so they had to go in surgically and replace the access.

As you can see from this picture, he is puffed up like a balloon. They are now starting hemofiltration to remove the excess fluid from his blood, and try to get rid of the swelling. 

He is a very sick boy. He has a Strep A infection, and is on 3 different antibiotics. When I was visiting him today, they had ELEVEN different IV pumps infusing medications into him. Here are some pictures of the equipment:

And here are some pictures of all of the tubes and wires going into Ben:

With everything touch and go, Chrissy and Anthony asked us to give him a Name and Blessing (for those of you who are not LDS, a child is given a name and blessing to officially add his name to the records of the church. This also gives the father or other person giving the blessing a chance to bless the child in the name of Jesus Christ. This is a very important thing for those of the LDS faith).  Along with Randy Hainsworth from our bishoprick, Anthony's two grandfathers and myself formed a priesthood circle and I gave Ben his name and blessing.

He's not out of the woods yet, but he's doing better than this morning. Please keep him and our family in your prayers.